Whether you are a new believer or gave your heart to Christ several years back, Christian fiction will help open your eyes to God’s love in new ways and bolster your faith.
As an avid reader and, myself, a Christian author, I am sharing my all-time favorite Christian fiction books.
It has broken down into contemporary Christian fiction and Historical/Sci-Fi Christian fiction. There is something for everyone on this list Best Christian Fiction Books below.
- Top 20 Rated Best Christian Fiction Books To Read
- Redeeming Love
- Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier) by Tracie Peterson
- The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
- Isaiah’s Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews
- The Heart’s Appeal (London Beginnings) by Jennifer Delamere
- Together Forever (Orphan Train) by Jody Hedlund
- The Left Behind Set by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
- A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge) by Connilyn Cossette
- Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers
- When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
- Tending Roses
- Claire Knows Best by Tracey Bateman
- The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
- The Potluck Club Takes the Cake (The Potluck Club, Book 3) by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson
- Claire Knows by Tracey Bateman
- The Timepiece
- Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury
- The Jerusalem Assassin Rosenberg
- The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
- Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock
Top 20 Rated Best Christian Fiction Books To Read
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One of my all-time preferred books, Redeeming Love was originally printed in 1991. This edition was updated in 2009.
Based on the Book of Hosea in the Bible, where Hosea is told by God to”marry a prostitute and have kids .”
In Redeeming Love, we fulfill Michael Hosea, a farmer that listens to God’s prompting to marry Angel, a prostitute during the 1850s gold rush of California.
Angel, divided out of years of abuse and injustice is relentless in her stubbornness to take Michael’s love.
Often considered His pursuit of our hearts and an allegory for how God loves us, it’s a story of love, forgiveness, and hope.
Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier) by Tracie Peterson
Place in the 1800s, Treasured Grace is about three sisters who travel west to Oregon territory. Throughout their journey, they winter in a mission that is between two tribes of Native Americans: the Nez Perce and the Cayuse.
Climbs between the tribes and the sisters are placed in jeopardy that is increasing.
Tracie Peterson does a fantastic job of placing depictions and character development through the book. Explained, I found my heart rate increasing since drama the sisters experience danger, and friendship.
If you like historical fiction, then that is a must-read.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
The Hiding Place is your biographical accounts of a”spinster watchmaker” along with her sister, residing in a very small apartment above their dad’s store in German-occupied Holland during and following World War II.
Corrie sacrificed her own life, as well as her family to fight against injustice and despise the Jews confronted.
During and after the war, Corrie was in concentration camps. Regardless of the circumstances, she praised God for what she experienced such as the fleas biting on her skin along with the guards who beat her mercilessly.
Corrie and her loved ones exhibited incredible bravery, which saved the lives of many Whilst putting themselves
Corrie had a connection with God and her religion was indicated with courage, few of us will ever be in a position to face.
Isaiah’s Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews
A remarkable and beautiful blend of biblical history and prophecy, this book chronicles the story of King Hezekiah. The story, told through the eyes his fictional spouse, of Ishma, illustrates life in 732 BC.
We learn of the Israelites’ everyday routines and traditions as well as the worship of false gods and human sacrifices.
In this dangerous time, God sends prophets to guide His people and return to Him.
From childhood until the time of his death, Hezekiah served the Lord and mastered with a servant’s heart despite much opposition.
The Heart’s Appeal (London Beginnings) by Jennifer Delamere
Rich with backstories concerning the merchant shipping industry as well as medicine, law, and higher society from the late 19th century London, Ms. Delamere weaves Christian principles and romance into a gorgeous narrative.
Although true, it took me a few chapters to settle into the book, once I was settled in, I could not put it down.
Together Forever (Orphan Train) by Jody Hedlund
This told tale takes us about Marianne Neumann’s journey as she accompanies a group of ragtag orphans to the mid-west to find their forever homes.
Woven with romance, suspense, and humor, we understand the daunting issues that orphans (and their guardians) confronted in the mid-1800s.
Written and thoroughly researched, this book has transformed me.
This book caused me to reflect on how I’m serving orphans today, while I have always had a heart for motherless and fatherless children and unmarried mothers.
The Left Behind Set by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Book series have included books on the bestseller list, much less all sixteen! Within this iconic series, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, show us what End Times might seem like from a Christian theological standpoint.
The characters are relatable and well developed because they confront the Global Community and pioneer Nicholas Carpathia (since the antichrist).
With suspense and high drama, sprinkled with theology and romance, this show is a classic and nearly mandatory reading for Christian readers.
A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge) by Connilyn Cossette
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan was written in 1678, while imprisoned for breaking up the English legislation of holding of religious services outside the authority of the Church of England.
Considered among the most significant functions of English religious literature, it’s been translated into over 200 languages. It has been just one of a couple of books that have been continuously in print since the first publication date.
Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory told as occurring in a dream and narrated by the protagonist, Christian. The narrative centers on his journey from his hometown, the”City of Destruction” (“this world”), into the”Celestial City” (“what is to come”: Heaven) atop Mount Zion.
Christian bears a great burden–the understanding of his sin–that he believed came from his reading a book (the Bible) that he came across while cleaning the character”Faithful’s” home. This weight, which would induce him to sink into Hell, is so excruciating he seeks deliverance.
Gripping, the book is dialogue-heavy and the reader ought to be mindful that it was composed hundreds of years’ past with language that could be described as awkward to the modern reader.
I needed to read the book several times to pick up on some of the nuances but enjoyed this parallel of sin and faith to God’s plan for redemption.
Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers
Leota’s Garden tells the story of a cranky, elderly grandmother. Leota becomes the case study of a college student, Corban.
She’s deeply and a woman needs to be reconnected with her family when her granddaughter, Annie, arrives suddenly. Since the book evolves, we learn more about Annie and Leota’s lifetime, backyard and religion
When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
Boy and girl meet. The boy falls in love. Girl includes a life-threatening illness. Boy vows to become a physician to”fix” her.
A succession of tragedies happens when everything appears to be going according to plan and every character is changed.
The publication is a poignant reminder the individual heart is more complex than we could imagine and that relationships are beautiful and flawed.
I was initially drawn to this book for its setting: Missouri, where I call home but found that what resonated with me was the book’s message “stop and smell the roses”.
Life is so active. With our to-do lists and calendars, the most significant things in life are often relegated to lower on the priority listing.
When Kate finds herself confronted with the task of compelling her grandma that she can no longer live and care for the family farm which was her home for decades, so she discovers a big house and fancy cars aren’t nearly as significant as she though
Claire Knows Best by Tracey Bateman
Claire is just I know. She is quirky, real, and messes. She confronts overwhelm that most of us can relate to and seeks the help of a life coach.
Through comedy, (this book is hysterical, at times), she discovers that perhaps she doesn’t know best, after all, and maybe, just maybe, God is in control.
The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
This was the first publication I would not be the final and read by author Lisa Wingate. A multi-award-winning novel, The Prayer Box, made me a fan of Ms. Wingate.
Tandi Jo, a chronic drug user, and her two kids flee from her husband. She ends up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. A place filled with warm memories of her childhood.
With money running out, Tandi Jo intends to clean out her elderly landlord, Iola’s home, (Tandi Jo and her children’s temporary home), in exchange for a couple of months of free rent.
After Tandi Jo filled with prayers from Iola to God and learns Iola’s story, she is forced with shooting a look at her life.
Throughout Iola’s letters and course out of her life, Tandi Jo finds her purpose.
The Potluck Club Takes the Cake (The Potluck Club, Book 3) by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson
They are short, while you can read every one of these novels as a standalone and the comedy will keep you turning the page for more.
Located in a small town in Colorado, an unlikely variety of women, from all backgrounds and ages meet once a week for prayer and mealtime.
Each member of the Potluck Club, (as they dub themselves) finds themselves amid trouble of varying types and rely on each other, and their prayers, to undergo.
Friendship in improbable forms, comedic writing, and joining religion in God (plus delicious food is thrown in for good measure) is the recipe that keeps this publication series on my preferred list.
The publication also comes with a recipe in each chapter, several of which I have tried and enjoyed.
Claire Knows by Tracey Bateman
Claire is like most Christian women I know. She is actual, quirky, and messes. As a mom, she confronts overwhelm that most of us can relate to and seeks a life coach’s advice.
Through humor, (this book is hysterical, sometimes ), she learns that perhaps she doesn’t know best, after all, and maybe, just maybe, God is in control.
While struggling with the fallout of family secrets shown in Beverly Lewis’ The Tinderbox, young woman Sylvia Miller and her mother bring an outsider. Could God bring recovery to the Miller family and redeem the past, or will the Englisher Adeline prove to be the breaking point for Sylvia, her family, and her city?
Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury
Cole Blake is about to head off to school, embarking on his career in medicine. Elise has mended her ways and a young girl seeking to leave her errors before. Love begins to blossom and as both meet, she finds one thing she can not leave in her past. Cole is determined to support his love, even if it means leaving behind college to raise someone else’s infant. She develops doubt as the due date draws closer, Although Elise decides to put the baby up for adoption to a family dealing with the pain of infertility. Does she want to keep the infant? The strategies of everyone could shatter and lead them.
The Jerusalem Assassin Rosenberg
As tensions cool following the events of Joel C. Rosenberg’s The Persian Gamble, President Andrew Clarke sees a moment to unveil his proposal for peace between Israel and Palestine. Nevertheless, Marcus Ryker has to lead his team to foil, when government officials are assassinated. Could he stop the evil that is only days away?
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
Roman Velasco, a famed artist living in L.A., appears to possess everything, but the consequences of his previous cast shadow through his empty life. His only outlet is to tag buildings as the Bird, notorious alias that could destroy his livelihood and direct him to jail. Recently hired assistant Grace Moore is the only person who will see into the emptiness past the surface Roman battles with. But she, too, struggles with all secrets and the scars of her past. But since both learn about one another, the lives’ pieces start to fit together, until the day comes that changes their lives forever.
Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock
Nate Beckett had been in love with Brenna, a preacher’s daughter. When Brenna was discovered one night, sneaking out, it triggered a people fight between Nate’s drunker father and her daddy. The dad of Brenna was discovered murdered that night and Nate’s daddy was detained and imprisoned. Soon afterward, when a fire struck the church, Nate fled accusations and rumors to begin a new life.
After 14 years of fighting wildfires, circumstances induce Nate to return home. But he must confront a wildfire threatening town, his dad, and the broken life of Brenna. Could assist each other face both the past and the present and again they learn to trust each other?
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